Apologies are in order. The latest edition of Quadrant should have gone live and online this morning at a few minutes after midnight, but our creaking publishing system failed yet again. We need a new one — and the only way to get it is with the support of our readers.
Recently stripped of all Australia Council funding, Quadrant depends entirely on the support of those who care about free speech, the blessings of free markets and property rights. At a time when the shameless Left never ceases to mine taxpayers’ pockets to the organs of expand its indoctrination, all the while denouncing as moral lepers any who dare to disagree, a dissenting voice has never been more vital.
As Michael Connor notes in our latest edition, no playwright can expect a penny from arts bureaucrats unless his or her output echoes any and all of the Left’s nostrums.
As Joe Dolce observes, also in our latest edition, it is a willingness to be hated that these days defines true courage. That is the price one must pay to stand by one’s principles in the face of the most foul abuse.
One by one, the bastions have fallen, the Left’s kept creatures cossetted and funded to the exclusion of all other voices. Your taxes fund the ABC and SBS, which fund only their mates and favoured memes. Were they obliged to look solely to their acolytes for support, as Quadrant must do, they would fold and die. Doubt that? Just look at the ongoing degeneration and slow demise of the Fairfax press, which peddles the same doctrinaire nonsense and, as a consequence, cannot sustain itself.
Your taxes maintain a Human Rights Commission that solicits complaints against a cartoonist who dares to ruffle its precious, bogus nostrums — notions so far removed from fact and reality that they must be referred to yet more taxpayer-funded arbiters of the politically correct for admonishment and gagging.
That’s why Quadrant is not merely important, it is vital.
And, more than that, buy a place at the table for our 60th anniversary dinner and conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay on September 18 — an evening featuring Daniel Johnson, Editor of Standpoint magazine, London; David Pryce-Jones, British author and Senior Editor at National Review, New York; James Bennett, American author of The Anglosphere Challenge; and Geza Jeszenszky, former Foreign Minister in the first post-Communist government of Hungary.
Some of the sharpest minds on the planet, in other words.